Boycott Sri Lankan cricket: no normal sport in an abnormal society - Green Left

By Sam Wainwright, Green Levt, January 12, 2013 - While Australia and Sri Lanka battled it out at the Sydney Cricket Ground early this month, a Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seeker on a bridging visa living in Hamilton Hill, a victim of torture, died in Fremantle Hospital after attempting suicide last Thursday. The tragic event played out as momentum grows for a boycott of Sri Lankan cricket, lead by former cricket writer for The Age Trevor Grant. On the campaign’s Facebook site Grant explains: “The cricket team has become a propaganda unit for the Sri Lankan Government, with players constantly telling Australian people via press conferences that all is rosy back home. The truth is that this government has committed war crimes against the Tamil people and it still continues to commit horrible crimes against them.”

Australia: Protesters claim Sri Lankan spy tactics

By Natalie O'Brien, SMH, January 13, 2013 - PROTESTERS calling for a boycott of the Sri Lankan cricket team's tour of Australia say they are being stalked by intelligence ''operatives'' who are gathering information about them for the Sri Lankan government. Hundreds of protesters who have staged events in Sydney and Melbourne in the past two weeks to draw attention to alleged human rights abuses in the country are complaining they have been filmed and photographed in an intimidating way by men they believe have links to Sri Lankan officials in Australia.

Sri Lankan protesters find the cricket world gets spooky - Australian Journalist was Chased, Watched & Photographed

By Trevor Grant, The Age, January 08, 2013 - As a journalist for 43 years in the jockstrap departments of The Age and the Herald Sun, I was rarely in touch with the realities of the world beyond the dressing room and press box. About the only time in my sports writing career that I was ever spooked was at VFL Park, Waverley, when a naked Carl Ditterich, the then-balding, one-time blond bombshell of VFL football, chased me out of the Melbourne dressing room, shouting my name in a rather uncomplimentary manner. But it was nothing compared with what happened last week in Sydney when I was part of a rally to protest against the Sri Lankan cricket team, which, I believe, is used to launder the blood-stained image of the Rajapaksa regime in Sri Lanka.

Opinion Poll: Should Sri Lanka be banned from world cricket? - The Age

28 Dec 2012 - Australia's The Age newspaper conducts an online opinion poll: "Should Sri Lanka be banned from world cricket?".

Sangakkara, batsman and propagandist extraordinaire - By Trevor Grant

By Trevor Grant, JDS, 27 December 2012 - Leading Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara is currently in Australia to play cricket but he also appears to be auditioning for a job in Mahinda Rajapaksa’s propaganda unit. As he did on the England tour last year, Sangakkara takes every opportunity in Australia to suggest that his homeland has become a haven of peace and tranquility. He did so again this week when sending a message to the protesters who plan to gather at the MCG on Boxing Day, calling for an Australian cricket boycott on future tours and matches against Sri Lanka.

Tamils urge Sri Lanka Test boycott

By Michael Gleeson, Sports Writer for The Age, 27 Dec 2012 - TAMIL protesters called on cricket fans to boycott the Boxing Day Test as they arrived at the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the first day of play between Australia and Sri Lanka. About 150 protesters rallied outside the MCG on Wednesday, saying that Sri Lanka and its cricket team should be exiled from world sport in the same way Zimbabwe had been and that they wanted to raise awareness of the problems in Sri Lanka. The Test gave the Sri Lankan President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, the chance to launder his ''dirty image'', the protesters said, and provided his government more spin than anything the MCG wicket could offer. ''In 2007 Australia didn't go on a tour [to Zimbabwe], mainly for security reasons, but [John] Howard called [President Robert] Mugabe a grubby dictator and said that cricket would give him the oxygen that he didn't deserve,'' the protest organiser Trevor Grant, a former cricket writer, said.

Tamil supporters to picket Boxing Day Test

AAP, 21 Dec 2012 - A group supporting Sri Lanka's Tamil ethnic minority will picket the Boxing Day Test as part of a campaign to have future cricket matches against Sri Lanka banned. The Tamil Refugee Council wants the federal government and Cricket Australia to stop playing against the Sri Lanka cricket team until its government agrees to an independent inquiry into war crimes. Tamil refugee advocate Mal Bala said protesters would gather at the MCG from 9am (AEDT) on Wednesday in a bid to raise the public's awareness of the situation in Sri Lanka.

'We are not terrorists', say Tamil refugee advocates

The Tamil Refugee Council (TRC) strongly rejects the claim by the Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Australia that Tamils in Australia have terrorist connections. TRC spokesman, Mal Bala, said the high commissioner Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe, had cast unjust and unproven aspersions upon many groups that have spoken out against the murder and persecution of Tamils in Sri Lanka. Bala said: “Thanks to freedom of speech here we can do it. But if you did it in Sri Lanka you would quickly be disappeared into the bowels of a torture centre.”

Australia must go in to bat for Tamils - By Trevor Grant

By Trevor Grant, The Age, 11 Dec 2012 - "After all, there seems little to differentiate [Sri Lankan] President [Mahinda] Rajapaska's brutal regime from that of Robert Mugabe's in Zimbabwe, about whom English consciences were severely pricked." It is now time for Australian consciences to be pricked, as the Sri Lankan cricketers prepare for star billing against Australia in three Tests this summer, in Hobart, Melbourne and Sydney. Cricket Australia and the Australian government cannot keep avoiding this issue. They must seriously consider a ban on future fixtures against Sri Lanka. As protests and calls for a boycott continue this summer, the message to the Sri Lankan government, via its cricket team, is the same one used against apartheid South Africa 40 years ago. There can be no normal sport in an abnormal society.

HC Notice to Centre on Indo-Sri Lanka match

PTI, 03 April 2012 - MADURAI: The Madras High Court today ordered notice to the Centre and the BCCI on a PIL seeking direction to cancel all future matches between India and Sri Lanka, until disputes between Tamils and Sinhalese are settled and peace prevails in the Bay of Bengal. A division bench comprising justices R Banumathi and B Rajandran also asked them to file their reply to the PIL on April 16.


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